Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Kaipara this time

If the council does not raise the rates, the Government will install a commissioner who will.

### radionz.co.nz Updated 19 minutes ago
Kaipara mayor warns of leap in rates
Kaipara district mayor Neil Tiller has confirmed the small Northland rural district is facing massive rate rises to cope with its debt crisis, saying the council has been forced to resort to borrowing to “pay for its groceries”.
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### radionz.co.nz Updated at 12:45 pm today
Farming leader calls for council to resign
A Northland farming leader has taken out an ad in his local paper claiming the Kaipara District Council is bankrupt and the council should resign. The operations director of Farmers of New Zealand, Bill Guest, says the small council is now nearly $90 million in debt.
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Ombudsmen’s office . . .

“Justice delayed is justice denied and people are already distressed when they approach the office.” -Beverley Wakem

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Feb 2012
Ombudsman snowed under
The Office of the Ombudsmen is in “crisis”, with a bulging backlog of cases due to lack of investigators and existing staff underpaid and in some cases being worked to death, Ombudsman Beverley Wakem says. Appearing before Parliament’s government administration committee yesterday, Ms Wakem said the office was under “considerable pressure” in terms of staffing and funding and had been for the past three years. Ms Wakem said the office’s baseline funding had been established on the basis it would be actively working on 800 to 1000 cases at any one time. However, actual case numbers had been far higher than that for some time and been close to 2000 at one point last year. It was currently handling about 1854.
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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Feb 2012
Editorial: Watching the watchdog
A disconcerting report on the Ombudsman’s office emerged quietly last week. For those unfamiliar with its tasks and responsibilities, this is the office to which people can turn when they feel they have been wronged or disadvantaged by a government department or any other office or organisation of state.
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Dunedin bus shelters

UPDATED POST 2.1.13

BusShelterPhoto supplied.

About 100 new bus shelters, and objections to about 50 of them! Will they have seating installed? (perhaps the aged and infirm are required to stand for all late buses… y’know, the 15-20 minute waits) Design, what design.

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Feb 2012
New Dunedin bus shelters let you see and be seen
By Rebecca Fox
New “modern street furniture” bus shelters similar to those seen in Frankton Rd, Queenstown, will soon be installed on many Dunedin streets. Bus shelters have been a controversial issue in the city for many years and their design and cost has been debated many times by both regional and city councils. […] With a design agreed upon and the contract let, new shelters costing about $7000 each will be seen around the city within the next two months.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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